Welcome to the 8th Annual Art & Soul of the Magic Valley

Make Plans to

 Take Your Soles to Art & Soul 

Art & Soul of Magic Valley, presented by the Magic Valley Arts Council, is the largest cash prize art contest in the Northwest and is held each year in Twin Falls, ID. The competition brings artists, businesses, and community members together to award over $40,000 in prize money, with top prize taking home  $15,000. Art & Soul of Magic Valley will be April 13-28, 2018. More that 165 artists are registered for the main contest.

This unique Art and Community event offers fun, festivities, and excitement as artists’ works are seen by thousands of locals and visitors. Everyone 16 years old and older with a valid identification is encouraged to register to vote for their favorite art pieces. Public voting is free and determines all the winners.  In 2018 there will be more than 30 prize winners.

Artists’ works are showcased in Venues – Twin Falls city businesses, public offices and public spaces which become galleries for hundreds of pieces of art work displayed in multiple “neighborhoods throughout the city.”

Artists secure Sponsors to serve as their advocates.  Anyone can become a Sponsor: individuals, friends, family, civic groups or organizations, etc.

For more information, contact the Magic Valley Arts Council at 208-734-ARTS (2787).

Tips and Tricks for enjoying Art & Soul of the Magic Valley

Art & Soul Headquarters & Voting Location

Twin Falls Center for the Arts, 195 River Vista Place

Twin Falls, Idaho

208-734-ARTS (2787)

How to proceed:

· Put on your walking shoes and get ready to view incredible art!

· Pages in your Souvenir Program will direct you to all Venues and Artists.

· Look for the yellow Art & Soul Flags identifying all Venues.

· Check out the schedule of events, all free & open to the public — they look like fun! Due to printing deadlines, more events may be listed at www.magicvalleyhasart.com.

· Plan a meal or snack at one or several of the Venues.

· Art at Venues with an * symbol is available for viewing on Sundays or after hours.

· VOTE, VOTE, VOTE—Your vote determines who takes home prize money. The only way your favorite artist will win money is if you cast your vote. You must vote for fourteen entries.

Soul Searching Events:

Take time to enjoy all the aspects of Art & Soul of the Magic Valley!  Several of our Venues will be showcasing their artist(s) during this community-wide event.

Thursday, April 12:

All are invited to the official Kick-Off Celebration for the 8th Annual Art & Soul of the Magic Valley from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Twin Falls Center for the Arts, home of the Magic Valley Arts Council. The Celebration is co-hosted this year by Plant Therapy.  Delight your senses with food, friends, and fun as we unveil this year’s art. Enjoy live music and be among the first to register to vote! 195 River Vista Place. For more information contact the Arts Council at (208) 734-ARTS (2787) or see the official Art & Soul website: MagicValleyHasArt.com

The events below are happening each and every day of Art & Soul, visit multiple times and enjoy these specials:

Bring your Art & Soul gang to Pizza Pie Cafe where you’ll enjoy BOGO throughout the entire show.  Serving up exactly what you want at 1826 Canyon Crest Dr., (208) 735-1369, PizzaPieCafe.co/

Satisfy your sweet cravings at Baskin-Robbins where you’ll receive $1 off any tasty treat each day during Art & Soul when you show your souvenir brochure or yellow walking sheet.  Come meet the folks who make life so sweet! 677 Blue Lakes Blvd. N.,  (208) 733-6555.  BaskinRobbins.com

Missed your chance for high tea with the queen?  No need to worry,  Boot Barn will be presenting  “Western Art & High Tea” each day during Art & Soul.  Come see their wide selection of fashionable and functional styles while you enjoy tea & biscuits. 1175 Addison Ave E, (208) 736-5053, BootBarn.com

Any time during Art & Soul, come dine at Jakers Bar & Grill and show your souvenir brochure or yellow walking sheet and receive 10% off your bill of $20 or more. 1598 Blue Lakes Blvd., N., (208) 733-8400, www.jakers.com

Art & Soul new patient special! Free bleaching trays with exam, X-ray and cleaning at Sawtooth Dental.  Creating healthy smiles for a healthy lifestyle.  1437 Park View Dr. (208) 733-4515, SawtoothDental.com

2017 Art & Soul Top Prize Winners

Sponsored by the Magic Valley Arts Council, the 7th Annual Art & Soul of the Magic Valley winners were announced during the May 6 Awards Ceremony at the Orpheum Theatre. The ceremony brought to a close the public-voting art contest where over 280 artists showcased their work in 80 locations throughout Twin Falls, ID.

Art & Soul of the Magic Valley is a city-wide art appreciation and awareness event awarding $40,000 in prize money. Major Supporters of the contest were Art Guild of Magic Valley, Blue Lakes Inn, Locally Owned Radio, Magic Valley Mall, and Premier Autogroup.

The Art & Soul 4th Place winner and recipient of $1,500 was New Plymouth, ID artist Travis Emmen with his large wire sculpture entry of a boxer dog and ball entitled My Favorite Thing. As the Venue for the 4th Place Winner TitleFact receives $50.


The Art & Soul 3rd Place winner and recipient of $2,500 was Sharon Breshears of Gooding, ID for her photography entry Through the Mist. As the Venue for the 3rd Place Winner the Orpheum Theatre receive $100.

For the first time in Art & Soul history two entries tied for 1st Place.

Grand Prize Winner BMW Motorcycle created by David Bahr and Courtney Bjornn1st Place

Due to the tie, there was no 2nd place award. First place winners and recipients of $10,000 each were David Bahr & Courtney Bjornn of Twin Falls, ID for their large fiber entry BMW Motorcycle made from corrugated fiber sheets;

Grand Prize winner Vessel by David LaMure, Jr.

and David LaMure, Jr. of Kimberly, ID for his small bronze sculpture entry Vessel. As the Venues for the 1st Place Winners Middlekauff Auto Mall and Design 125 each received $175.






2016 Interview with Art & Soul Founder Art Hoag

To find your favorite artists simply search by name or go the the CATEGORY tab and through the artists listed under each category. Artists will be added beginning March 1.